Leading with the Why

Saturday, April 4th, 9:45am - 11:00am - Session I

Thoughtfully managing the shift toward personalized learning includes presenting your stakeholders with a powerful and persuasive case for change. This case for change is likely to be informed by many factors, one of which should undoubtedly be the research on how people best learn. This interactive session will deepen attendees’ understanding of four factors that contribute to learning and development: cognition, motivation, identity, and individual variability. Participants will reflect, brainstorm, discuss, and ultimately draft a more developed case for change based on new insights gained.

Kerry Tuttlebee
Kerry Tuttlebee is the principal of 360 High School, a new mastery-based high school within Providence Public Schools. Kerry created a student and stakeholder-driven design process that included human-centered design thinking to ensure that 360 meets the needs of the community, and amplifies the strengths of students, educators, parents, and community members. 360 High School prepares students for outstanding success in college and career by providing 360-degrees of personalization, opportunity and support for each student. The 2018-2019 school year was a significant one for 360, with the inaugural group of freshman graduating in Spring 2019. Kerry has 22 years of experience in Pre-K–12 education. Prior to working in Providence, Kerry worked for TNTP leading teacher recruitment, training and certification efforts for urban districts in Rhode Island as well as directing implementation of innovative state policy.  Earlier in her career, she helped to develop a K-5 dual language charter school in Pawtucket, RI as a teacher and leader and also taught preschool and elementary grades in the Twin Cities.
Kirsten Dargis
Kirsten joined Transcend in 2016, and supports school partners who are at the earliest stages of reimagining and redesigning their school models. She began her career in education as a member of the founding team of School of One – now the organization New Classrooms – which was one of the first blended learning models in the country. Kirsten then spent five years in the classroom as a 1st grade bilingual teacher in Richmond, California and as a K-4 reading interventionist in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. During summers, she worked as a coach and a School Director for Teach For America’s training Institutes. After leaving the classroom, Kirsten worked for the Success For All Foundation where she coached teachers and principals at schools across the country.